Carlo Ancelotti has claimed a Champions League final against Manchester United would have made for more of a spectacle than next week’s showdown with Liverpool.
Milan face Liverpool in Athens next week in a repeat of the 2005 final which The Reds won on penalties after coming back from three goals down at half-time.
Ancelotti has branded Rafa Benitez’s side the ‘worst’ of the English clubs in this season’s competition.
“On a technical level, they are the worst of the three English teams to reach this season’s semi-finals,” Ancelotti is quoted in The Sun.
“But that does not mean I’d have chosen to be playing them in next week’s final. I would have preferred Manchester United.
“One of the reasons is because we all saw how the semi-final went for Milan, both at Old Trafford and in the San Siro.
“I also believe it would have made a better final in Athens because United are a technical team who play good football and also let the opposition play.
“I don’t believe the same thing will happen with Liverpool.”
Ancelotti also criticised Liverpool’s over-reliance on foreign players.
“Milan will always have a strong Italian quality because, even with foreigners like Kaka and Seedorf, we remain true to our influences, philosophy and beliefs,” he said.
“But Liverpool don’t have any English DNA anymore. They are more like a Mediterranean team and that comes from their coach.”